ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Serving Quarantine

(After Serving Time by Charles Simic)


I was locked in a prison cell of

my smart-phone screen

before being remanded onto the death row of the sick.

While serving my time.

I read many books.

Firstly they were on pathology and medicine.

Then on the Indian Penal Code.

Then came lexicons of “necessity”,

and the end-rhyme between “need” and “greed”

then books on economics

to choose between two nightmares

one was death preceded by a sensation of drowning,

the other, a slow death from starvation.

A little ventriloquism surrounded me.



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Updated On : 25th Sep, 2021
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